April 19, 2017

One Year Ago: The First State Declared Pornography a Public Health Crisis

One year ago today I joined Utah Governor Herbert and other allies at the historic signing of the first state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

Dawn Hawkins (NCOSE) speaking at the Utah resolution signing ceremony

Since then, South Dakota and Arkansas have passed the resolution, and it is being considered right now in half a dozen additional states.

Even the Canadian Parliament passed a Motion to study the public health impacts of pornography.

The Israeli Knesset is considering formal statements, and New Zealand activists are petitioning their government to address the harms of pornography.

This public health resolution has sparked an international debate—talk about a domino effect.

Even the media has been covering the public health impacts of pornography. Time Magazine and many other prominent outlets are finally starting to recognize the research.

The GOP included language recognizing the harms of pornography in their party platform, and

many Democrats on Capitol Hill have agreed that this matter needs to be addressed. This is a bipartisan issue.

Do you feel the momentum I feel?

There are two ways you can keep the momentum going:

1) Share this blog with two friends to let them know that we are seeing exciting victories! We need to spread the news and get more people involved in our cause.

2) Contribute to our public health campaign to support efforts to educate more states and countries about the neurological, psychological, and sociological harms of pornography. Donate $10, $20, $30, or any amount you can.

We want to keep getting you results, and changing culture one step at a time!

Dawn Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

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